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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 Volume XI, Number 152

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a first degree special this Thurs., Jan. 23rd. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. All area Masons are invited to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Lions Club 26th Annual Ground Hog Party will be held from 6 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 1st at the United Methodist Church, 7th & Lyon, Carthage. The complete meal will be $3.25 in advance and $3.50 at the door. Golden pancakes, pork sausage and drink included.

Did Ya Know?. . .Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 796 South Stone Lane, will present Sylvia Jan. 31st thru Feb. 1st and Feb. 6th thru 9th. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. The show follows dinner. For reservations or information call 358-9665, 358-7268 or email

today's laugh

The most expensive vehicle to operate, per mile, is the shopping cart.

The nervous passenger approached the captain timidly.
"What would happen," she asked, "if we struck a large iceberg?"
"The iceberg would pass along as if nothing had happened," replied the captain.
And the old lady was very much relieved.


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

To Rescue the Campers.

Lee Brown and George Kelley drove out to Adams’ mill this afternoon to rescue and bring in George Perkins, Willie Maxwell and Arthur Pearman, three daring young explorers who have been out there camping a week. Frank Ross came in several days ago and reported that he left them with nothing in camp to eat but a can of kidney beans.

Distinction for A. F. Hendrix.

A. F. Hendrix, formerly of the Carthage high school faculty, has recently been elected chairman of the graduate council of the University of Chicago, where he is now doing post graduate work. He is to represent the graduates at faculty conference and receptions.

The state Y.M.C.A. officials failed to stop here today but went right on to Webb City.

  Today's Feature

Carthage Chamber Hosts
2003 Annual Banquet.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2003 Annual Banquet on Friday, January 17th at the Precious Moments Convention Center. A social hour, featuring the sounds of the Carthage High School Jazz Band, was sponsored by Myers, Baker, Rife and Denham of Joplin. Dinner, catered by Hazlett’s Casual Dining of Carthage, was served at 7PM with annual recognitions following.

The planning committee, chaired by Southwest Missouri Bank Marketing Manager, Tracy Erwin, selected "Carthage Goes Hollywood" as the event theme. A "Wall of Stars" was created showcasing the name of each of the Chamber’s 350+ members.

"Everyone who attending this year’s banquet received red carpet treatment," said Erwin. "The committee came up with some very special decorations that helped add to the banquet theme, including the appearance of some of the more famous Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and James Dean!"

After hearing the musical talents of Duke Mason and the Heartland Band, sponsored by Hometown Bank of Carthage, a brief business meeting of the membership was held and the annual award presentations began.

A brief description of each award and the 2002 recipient is provided below.

McCune-Brooks Humanitarian Award- Russell W. Smith, Carthage

Presented to an individual who has greatly enhanced the health care profession and the general community through their service and/or career.

Artist Award- Trisha Courtney, Joplin

Awarded to a local artist whose work has continually inspired and drawn recognition from the artisan community

ATHENA Award- Janet Stafford, Carthage

A nationally recognized award presented to a businesswoman each year whose work and/or career have helped to inspire and improve the local business community and fellow businesswomen.

Golden Key Awards- Jennifer Simpson, Elementary teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School

Lowell Catron, Health/Physical Education teacher at Steadley Elementary School

Barbara Mountjoy, Health Services Instructor at the Carthage Tech Center

Dr. Glen Coltharp, Assistant Superintendent, Carthage R-9 Schools

Spotlight Award- Jerry Poston-State Farm Insurance, Carthage

Awarded to one business each year that has contributed to the overall enhancement of the business community of Carthage through revitalization of improvements made to their business location.

Small Business of the Year Award- Oak Street Health & Herbs, Inc. owned by Mari An Willis, Carthage

Presented to one business each year that has provided a positive image and been a vibrant entity within the Carthage business community.

Richard M. Webster Citizen of the Year Award- Danny Hensley, Carthage

Given in memory of the late Senator Richard M. Webster, the Citizen of the Year is presented to an individual who has devoted much of their time to the improvement and enhancement of the Carthage community as a whole.


Just Jake Talkin'


We have a race for the Third Ward City Council seat. Three for three. Steve Leibbrand signed up last Thursday for the two year position, then yesterday two more, Diane Sharits and Stanley Walker filed also.

Filling for the City Council closed yesterday at 5 p.m. Former Council member Lujene Clark filed in the last hour and will face encumbent Jim Woestman.

All six positions available now have at least one candidate. First Ward, Mike Harris; Second Ward, Ronnie Wells; Third Ward, Leibbrand, Sharit and Walker; Fourth Ward, one year term, Bill Welch; Fourth Ward, two year term, Ron Ferguson; Fifth Ward, Woestman and Clark.

The one year term is to fill the unexpired position vacated by Jim McPheeters.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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